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Weekend Edition: 10-18

Bulletin Board

I’m happy to report that one of the South Dakota school reading projects I promoted is now fully funded. However, the other project on the Crow Creek Reservation is still in need of donors.

You don’t go into the home of the Broad Street Bullies (whose fans have been known to boo Santa Clause) and not expect this: when Sarah Palin dropped the puck at last Saturday night’s Philadelphia Flyers-New York Rangers game, “she was greeted by resounding (almost deafening) boos.” Various reporters noted that the boos had to “drowned out” by “deafening PA music.” And both regional and national hockey followers objected to political candidates using hockey for a campaign event.

Bookish Linkage

If you’ve been under a rock, the National Book Award finalists were announced. I’ve only read one. Meanwhile, Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger won the 2008 Man Booker Prize. In keeping with the NBA finalists, it is not one of the nominees I read.

NPR gets a list of the best foreign books you’ve never heard of. I’ve read one.

David Louis Edelman examines the purpose and utility of author blogging.

Nonbookish Linkage

Berkeley Breathed explains that part of the reason Opus is heading toward his “final paradise” is “cable and Web technology allowing All Snark All the Time.” Breathed is offering the chance for someone to win a $10,000 donation to the animal shelter of their choice by guessing where that is. Part of me thinks it just may be pictured here.

The Big Picture does it again. First, it gives us hot space porn and later proves life on Earth can be just as stunning.


Glass & peace alike betray proof of fragility under repeated blows.

David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

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